Blizzard-like conditions possible early next week

Arctic air, heavy snow, and wind moving in
Posted at 1:32 PM, Jan 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-09 15:32:04-05

MISSOULA — One last band of heavy snow pushed through West-Central and Southwest Montana this afternoon.

Sunshine even followed the band, but clear skies will be short-lived.

Another round of heavy snow is moving in, and we are tracking the potential for a foot of snow to fall in less than a 24 hour period in the northwest.

A Winter Storm Watch:
is in effect Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon for:
5-10" : HWY 2 Kalispell to Libby, HWY 37 Eureka to Libby, Highway 56 Bull Lake Road, HWY 93 Eureka to Whitefish.
6-14" Evaro Hill, HWY 200 Thompson Falls to Plains, HWY 200 Trout Creek to Heron, and I-90 Haugan to Lookout Pass.

This next system will be one of many rounds of snow and winter weather we are tracking.
Snow chances remain in the forecast through the end of the weekend.

As we head into early next week, an arctic front moves in, and temperatures take a significant drop while wind picks up speed.
This means temperatures will drop to the single digits and even negatives as HIGHS!
Very frigid temperatures are forecasted through the northwest Monday and through West-Central and Southwest Montana on Tuesday as the arctic front pushes south.

As the front pushes into the northwest, wind gusts will significantly increase and drifting and blowing snow may cause blizzard conditions!
This long-term wind event will create widespread reduced-visibility, and impacts will also be widespread to areas along the front and into the northwest.

We will be updating you the rest of the week and weekend on this upcoming event. Until then expect our next round of heavy snow Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon for the northwest!